LOOK: Scam leader's wife, before and after plastic surgery

Posted at 05/06/14 7:16 PM

PAMPANGA - Police now have custody of the wife of Manuel Amalilio, the alleged brains behind the Aman Futures scam.

Abigail Pendulas, who was arrested in Pampanga, allegedly underwent plastic surgery to avoid being recognized by scam victims and authorities.

The scam was a "double-your-money" scheme that defrauded thousands of investors in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Pendulas used a fake name, Aziah de Guzman, according to Central Luzon regional police director Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta.

Her passport shows that she left the country in March 19 last year for Malaysia, where her husband is currently detained.

Pendulas returned to the country on April 2, 2013.

Police also seized a sports utility vehicle from Pendulas.

Pendulas refused to speak to reporters and declined to answer questions if she underwent cosmetic surgery.

She faces charges of syndicated estafa. Pendulas is currently detained at Camp Olivas in Pampanga. - with a report from Trisha Mostoles, ABS-CBN News Pampanga; ANC